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Stina Soderling


Stina Soderling

W473 South College

Stina Soderling holds a PhD in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching interests include queer theory, Native Feminisms and Settler-Colonial Studies, and environmental justice and ecofeminism. More specifically, she has researched access to land among queer communities in the rural US South, and is currently asking how histories of land tenure, sexuality, and religion have been intertwined in the expansion of the US nation-state and the dispossession of Native lands. As a teacher, Stina is particularly interested in feminist pedagogy and student involvement both in and outside of the classroom. Before coming to UMass, Stina taught Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers and Mount Holyoke, and at Rikers Island through the Prison Education Initiative.

Research Areas

Rural queer studies, US settler colonialism, Feminist and anarchist pedagogies


“Anarchist Pedagogy in the Women’s Studies Classroom,” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture
& Social Justice
, 37.2, 2016

“Queer Rurality and the Materiality of Time,” in Queering the Countryside: New Frontiers in Rural
Queer Studies
, eds. Mary Gray, Brian Gilley, and Colin Johnson, New York University Press, 2016

Courses Recently Taught

Native Feminisms and Settler Colonial Studies

Immigration and Settler Colonialism

Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses

Queer Interactions with the More-Than-Human-World